Workers must receive time off to vote on February 2nd

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January 14th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Employers must allow their workers time to vote for Costa Rica’s next president on Sunday, February 2nd, or face stiff fines.

 

That does not mean that February 2nd is a paid day off, however.  The law is based on reasonableness and good faith, whereas the employee can request a reasonable amount of time away from their duties in order to go to the polls and later return to work.

 

If an employer interferes with a worker’s right to vote, the employer can be punished under Article 614 of the Labor Code with penalties ranging from ¢399,400 to ¢9,186,200 (betwee one and 23 base salaries).

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